From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Registered: May 2003
posted January 22, 2013 12:44 AM
site to be redeveloped.
story at http://www.theprovince.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Vancouver+ Ridge+Theatre+ready+last+reel/7850696/story.html
Since 2005, the Ridge has been showing first-run movies as part of the Festival chain, which also includes the Park on Cambie and the five-screen Fifth Avenue Cinemas on Burrard.
Schein says the Ridge was still financially viable as recently as 2011, but lost business after that when news of the pending development had people thinking the theatre was already closed.
Feb. 3 will be the last night of movies at the Ridge, capping a 10-day festival of movies — at $5 a seat — that will include everything from the latest Bond flick Skyfall, this year’s foreign-film Oscar nominee The Intouchables and, yes, Rocky Horror.
A singalong screening of The Sound of Music will have a $10 ticket price, as will a screening of director Sandy Wilson’s B.C.-filmed classic My American Cousin, a benefit for the family of the late Vancouver movie critic Ian Caddell. The director and her lead actress Maggie Langrick will do a question-and-answer session at that screening. Screening info is at festivalcinemas.ca.
The mini-festival marks the end of another era as well, as Schein resolved to screen 35-mm film prints of all those movies. New theatres being built today only allow for digital screenings.
After the screen goes dark, Schein plans to parcel off chunks of the theatre’s decor — the theatre curtain goes to the Jewish Film Festival, while the seats will go to the Fox Theatre.
Condo developers Cressey Development Group will keep the original Ridge sign at the new project that will rise at the site.
The theatre’s stained glass windows, an Art Deco depiction of film projectors, are being offered to Cineplex to adorn one of their new multiplexes.
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